NSA to limit some collection of internet communication

first_imgFederal Government | Nation & World | National News | NPR News | Public Safety | Science & TechNSA to limit some collection of internet communicationApril 29, 2017 by Philip Ewing, NPR News Share:The National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky/APThe National Security Agency is scaling back the way it spies on some communications over the Internet.The NSA says it discovered what it called “lapses” in compliance with U.S. law.They’re called “about” communications: The NSA not only watches messages traveling to and from a foreign target, but those that mention one.That can mean the NSA sometimes sweeps up data from Americans without a warrant. In the past, officials said the spy agency was still mindful of citizens’ privacy.But now NSA says it has discovered “several inadvertent compliance lapses,” which it reported to Congress and a secret court that oversees intelligence gathering.There aren’t many more details, but the NSA now says it will, quote, “stop the practice to reduce the chance that it would acquire communications of U.S. persons or others who are not in direct contact with a foreign intelligence target.”Here’s the full statement from the NSA:NSA Stops Certain Foreign Intelligence Collection Activities Under Section 702The National Security Agency is instituting several changes in the way it collects information under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.Section 702, set to expire at the end of this year, allows the Intelligence Community to conduct surveillance on only specific foreign targets located outside the United States to collect foreign intelligence, including intelligence needed in the fight against international terrorism and cyber threats.NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target. This information is referred to in the Intelligence Community as “about” communications in Section 702 “upstream” internet surveillance. Instead, NSA will limit such collection to internet communications that are sent directly to or from a foreign target.Even though NSA does not have the ability at this time to stop collecting “about” information without losing some other important data, the Agency will stop the practice to reduce the chance that it would acquire communications of U.S. persons or others who are not in direct contact with a foreign intelligence target.Finally, even though the Agency was legally allowed to retain such “about” information previously collected under Section 702, the NSA will delete the vast majority of its upstream internet data to further protect the privacy of U.S. person communications.The changes in policy followed an in-house review of Section 702 activities in which NSA discovered several inadvertent compliance lapses.NSA self-reported the incidents to both Congress and the FISC, as it is required to do. Following these reports, the FISC issued two extensions as NSA worked to fix the problems before the government submitted a new application for continued Section 702 certification. The FISC recently approved the changes after an extensive review.The Agency’s efforts are part of its commitment to continuous improvement as we work to keep the nation safe. NSA has a solemn responsibility and duty to do our work exactly right while carrying out our critical mission.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Share this story:last_img read more

‘Slipping the hammer’ demonstration halts testimony in DeSimone homicide trial

first_imgCrime & Courts | Juneau | Southeast‘Slipping the hammer’ demonstration halts testimony in DeSimone homicide trialMay 9, 2018 by Matt Miller, KTOO Share:Firearms dealer and instructor Chad Kendrick testifies in the Mark DeSimone homicide trial and shows jurors the various parts of a revolver and how it operates. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)Prosecution in the Mark DeSimone homicide trial called for more firearm testing, putting testimony and evidence presentation temporarily on hold.A local firearms dealer and instructor who demonstrated a revolver’s action for the judge and attorneys last week testified again before the jury Tuesday.Chad Kendrick said the manufacturer recalled the particular revolver that killed Tony Rosales, but the .41 single-action model didn’t have the required post-recall safety modification of protective hammer bar.Kendrick pulled out a .45 revolver used in last week’s test and gave the jury a demonstration in “slipping the hammer.”Kendrick half-cocked the hammer to rotate and load the cylinder. Then, he showed how a thumb could slip off the spring-loaded hammer as the shooter was trying to place it into the full-cock resting position with a finger on the trigger.“Is there a way this gun can go off a second time?” Assistant Public Defender Deborah Macaulay asked.“Yes, I’m afraid there is,” Kendrick answered.“Objection, your honor,” Assistant District Attorney Amy Paige said.The prosecution said they didn’t have any notice that the demonstration would veer off in such a direction.With the jury out, Kendrick showed how the revolver could unexpectedly fire, and then the shooter would reflexively grip the hammer and trigger on the recoil, leading to a second round firing.That prompted nearly an hour-long, tense discussion between the judge and attorneys while the jury was still out.Judge Philip Pallenberg eventually allowed the prosecution to do their own laboratory testing of “slipping the hammer” before Kendrick will be allowed to continue testifying.Dr. Roger Enoka of the University of Colorado testifies by videoconference May 8, 2018, in the Mark DeSimone homicide trial. (Photo by Matt Miller)University of Colorado neurophysiologist Roger Enoka  testified earlier Tuesday about the three types of involuntary responses that lead to an unintentional discharge of a firearm.The Enoka Factors include a startled reflex or someone losing their balance and a sympathetic limb reaction, like when someone grips an object in one hand while also gripping a firearm in the other.“The greater the trigger pull, the less likely it is that an involuntary muscle contraction can cause the gun to discharge,” Enoka said. “For a light trigger pull, given the appropriate circumstances, then it’s more likely.”Attorneys and judge in the case plan to meet Wednesday morning without the jury to determine how long the revolver testing will last.Share this story:last_img read more

Has Ketchikan seen ‘community spread’ of COVID-19? That’s a tough question.

first_imgWhere will the world’s cruise ships wait out the coronavirus pandemic? Maybe not Ketchikan.Share this story: Coronavirus | Health | Local Government | Science & Tech | Southeast | State GovernmentHas Ketchikan seen ‘community spread’ of COVID-19? That’s a tough question.April 1, 2020 by Eric Stone, KRBD – Ketchikan Share:Ketchikan sign, which arches over Mission Street. Front Street is in the immediate foreground. June 12, 2009. (Creative Commons photo by Bill Price III)So far, at least 100 people in Ketchikan have been tested for coronavirus. Of those, 13 have tested positive as of Tuesday evening.Most of the cases are thought to stem from one or two people who brought the virus back from a trip. But has anyone tested positive without a clear sense of where they caught it?Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/04/31ComTransKTN.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.After someone tests positive for coronavirus, state health officials classify them in one of three ways.First, there’s “travel-related.” That’s when they believe they caught it while out of town — that’s pretty self-explanatory.If someone catches it from someone else who’s tested positive — like a coworker, friend or family member — that’s called  “close contact.”But if someone hasn’t recently traveled out of state or been in close contact with someone known to have the virus — and thus, officials can’t pinpoint the source of the infection — the state calls it a “non-travel” case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call it “community transmission,” or “community spread.”Why is that important? Because it means there are unknown contagious people infecting others within the town. And that makes it a lot harder to curb the virus’s spread.Last Thursday, Alaska’s state epidemiologist said in a release that state health officials had “convincing evidence of community transmission” in Ketchikan, Anchorage and Fairbanks.But officials in Ketchikan disagreed. According to their tracking, everyone who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ketchikan had either recently traveled out of state or been in contact with someone who had.So who’s right? It comes down to a single case.“We did some background checking on that, talked to (the state section of) epidemiology today, and the difference in the reporting has to do with the way that their contact investigation and follow-up goes,” said Abner Hoage in a Tuesday news conference call. He’s in charge of Ketchikan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Here’s what happened: One person who tested positive — let’s call them Alex — was in direct contact with another confirmed case — let’s call that person Barbara. Alex and Barbara worked together in the same building and frequently saw each other.“Initially, they attributed this case to a close contact,” he said.But during state public health officials’ follow-up investigation, they discovered that Alex couldn’t have caught it from coworker Barbara — the dates didn’t match up.“So it may appear that he is part of the cluster. But the timing of onset means that he isn’t,” Hoage said.So where did Alex catch the coronavirus?“His most likely source appears to be another coworker who was symptomatic early, and that person was a roommate or close friend and had been traveling internationally,” Hoage said.Let’s call Alex’s roommate (or close friend) Charlie. Hoage said Charlie had the symptoms of COVID-19, but he couldn’t get tested. A shortage of test kits meant only people who fell under narrow criteria were tested. And Charlie didn’t qualify.So while health officials think Alex probably caught the virus from Charlie, they don’t know for sure. Because Charlie was never tested.“Because you don’t have the hundred-percent confirmation that where we think it came from actually is where it came from,” Hoage said.And that means that Ketchikan has seen its first case of community spread.But here’s the good news: Drastic measures aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 in Ketchikan appear to be showing some early success.As of Tuesday evening, Ketchikan has seen 13 people test positive for the coronavirus — with no cases added to the tally since Saturday.Nine of those 13 have recovered, leaving only four active cases, Hoage said.So does that mean all this “hunker down” stuff is working? Hoage thinks so.“And we thank everyone for the work that they’re doing and the sacrifices they’re making. But now’s not the time to let up on that,” Hoage said. “Now’s the time to double down on that.”Hoage cautions that Ketchikan’s testing capacity is still limited, and that makes it difficult to track the virus.But there’s good news on that front, too: More test kits are coming to Ketchikan.Hoage said that local authorities have 160 test kits, with 100 more expected in the coming days. Another 600 are scheduled to be delivered within the next couple of weeks. With the stock of testing supplies expanded, Hoage said more people should qualify for tests in the near future.And beyond that, Dr. Peter Rice with the PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center said the hospital recently received a newly-developed rapid testing platform from diagnostic manufacturer Qiagen.“That will allow us here to run the COVID test ourselves, and that will have a turnaround time of about two hours,” Rice said Tuesday.That’ll allow doctors to make informed decisions about how to treat and isolate each patient before they get a chance to infect others in the community.At this point, PeaceHealth said they’re just waiting for the reagents to get started.last_img read more

A protein that helps keep the heart pumping

first_img @meggophone By Megan Thielking Feb. 9, 2016 Reprints [email protected] Our hearts are constantly pumping blood, and the human body naturally regulates that activity to make sure the same amount of blood flows in and out. Now, scientists have figured out the role a protein called titin plays in that regulatory process. Here’s what lead researcher Pieter de Tombe of Loyola said about the findings, published in PNAS.How is the amount of blood going in and out of the heart regulated?The amount it pumps varies a lot, between me talking to you and me going on a treadmill, and that amount is determined by a regulatory mechanism. But when that regulatory mechanism is broken, the pressure in your heart builds up. Then the pressure in your lungs builds up, your lungs fill with fluid, and that becomes congestive heart failure. What’s the application of that finding?We don’t know exactly what the protein is, but we know that there’s a protein that’s being pulled on as titin is stretched. That’s the smoking gun to figure out what protein is the last step of this regulation — so we could target that protein to improve the length of it and bring the heart back to normal.For more Lab Chats, subscribe to the free Morning Rounds newsletter. News Editor Tags heart diseaseheart failuremedical research Megan Thielkingcenter_img About the Author Reprints And what did you figure out about that regulatory mechanism? If the muscle is a rubber band and you stretch it, it requires a force to do the stretching. … The elasticity of the [heart] muscle is really determined by a protein, titin. In heart failure, the titin is less stiff and becomes a bigger protein. In normal rat hearts with stiff titin, when we pull on the titin, we see some proteins in the heart muscle move to regulate the strength of the heart’s pump. In rats with short titin, we didn’t see it move.advertisement Nearly 80 percent of heart attacks in US are never diagnosed Related: A protein called titin plays a key role in keeping the heart pumping. Hulton Archive/Getty Images Lab ChatA protein that helps keep the heart pumping last_img read more

Pelosi’s drug pricing plan could wipe out some key funding for low-income hospitals

first_img @NicholasFlorko Pelosi’s drug pricing plan could wipe out some key funding for low-income hospitals What is it? GET STARTED Nicholas Florko Log In | Learn More Adobe By Nicholas Florko Sept. 30, 2019 Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included?center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” WASHINGTON — A 60-word provision tucked into Nancy Pelosi’s signature drug pricing plan could wreak havoc on hospitals that serve the poor.The provision deals with a federal drug discount program known as 340B that lets some hospitals and clinics buy medicines at a deep discount. When they’re reimbursed for the drugs at a higher price by Medicare or other insurers, they pocket the difference to help cover charity care, counseling services, and other costs.  Tags Congressdrug pricinghospitalspolicySTAT+ Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Politics [email protected] About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

TDAM introduces two currency-neutral funds

first_img IG Wealth amends product shelf Tessie Sanci Share this article and your comments with peers on social media No unanimity in global regulatory reform, IFIC report finds rabbit/123RF Related news Toronto-based TD Asset Management Inc. (TDAM) has launched two currency-neutral funds on Tuesday that seek to provide clients with foreign equity exposure while minimizing the impact that currency fluctuations can have on those investments. Epoch Global Shareholder Yield Currency Neutral Fund is meant to deliver regular income through exposure to dividend-paying equity securities and other income-producing instruments from around the world while TD U.S. Low Volatility Currency Neutral Fund looks to develop long-term capital appreciation through exposure to U.S.-based issuers. “These new solutions offer investors access to two of our most popular U.S. and global equity strategies, with less worry of how currency fluctuations will affect their returns,” says Tim Wiggan, CEO of TDAM, in a statement. “Our hedging strategies can help reduce the risk associated with foreign currency exposure, which can benefit investors, particularly when the Canadian dollar appreciates versus the U.S. dollar or other foreign currencies.” Photo copyright: rabbit/123RF Keywords Mutual fundsCompanies TD Asset Management Inc. Franklin Templeton launches new real asset fund Purpose looks to fill retirement income gap with longevity fund Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

After pandemic’s liquidity storm, possible fund reform

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Coronavirus,  Pandemics,  Investment funds,  Money market funds,  Regulatory reformCompanies European Securities and Markets Authority, Financial Conduct Authority Further, policymakers are contemplating whether lessons learned in the midst of that market stress should be met with rule changes.On March 26, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) launched a consultation on potential reforms to money market fund regulation in the European Union (EU).The ESMA said that it will review the stress experienced by money market funds during the onset of the Covid-19 crisis in March 2020, and consider whether the episode warrants regulatory changes.Among other things, the consultation will consider possible reforms to liquidity buffers, valuation rules, and whether fund managers should be required to use certain liquidity management tools.The ESMA also said that it will gather feedback on other potential changes linked to credit ratings, disclosure and stress testing.“The Covid-19 crisis has been challenging for money market funds,” said Steven Maijoor, chair of the ESMA, in a release.Maijoor noted that a number of funds “faced significant liquidity issues” last March amid large redemption demands, and there was also a “severe deterioration in the liquidity of money market instruments.”At the same time, the Bank of England and the U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the results of a joint survey of open-ended investment funds, which examined their response to the financial market stress in March 2020.That survey found that fund managers took divergent approaches to using the liquidity management tools at their disposal to deal with the market stress.For example, “There were significant differences in how similar funds facing similar flows applied swing pricing.”It also reported that most corporate bond fund managers “appeared to overestimate the liquidity of their holdings, and for some funds were particularly overoptimistic. Some categorized most of their holdings as liquid under almost all market conditions, which did not appear realistic on the basis of their exposure to less liquid assets.”Additionally, the report said that funds that were predominantly held by institutional investors suffered “much larger” outflows during the market stress than funds that were largely retail.“This provides an initial indication that professional investors may react more quickly in stress,” it said.While the U.K. report documented the experience of funds during the crisis, it doesn’t make any reform recommendations based on those findings.The ESMA’s consultation will run until June 30. It expects to publish the results of its review in the second half of 2021. Related news With Covid-19-related stress in financial markets subsiding, regulators are turning their minds to possible reforms.Recently, banking regulators in both Canada and the U.S. announced the withdrawal of emergency measures that were introduced in response to financial market disruption last spring. Regulators must avert looming irrelevance: IAP James Langton changes ahead sign iStock.com / gerenme MFDA seeks to speed up account transfers Share this article and your comments with peers on social media OSC seeks market structure expertiselast_img read more

Inner City Youths Grateful for Second Chance

first_imgRelatedInner City Youths Grateful for Second Chance FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail For many young men and women in the inner cities across the country, a second chance is all they need to make a difference in their lives and others.Some 65 participants, including one female, who graduated recently from the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP), have been given that second chance that could change their lives forever.An elated Daniel Barnes, in his testimonial, is lost for words as he shares what the journey was like. He explains that he could not have done it without the guidance of the administrators.“I could not have done it without the help of my teachers…I am so overwhelmed, I can now walk out in the world and feel positive. I want to thank the CSJP for organising this, so that the youths can have a second chance,” he tells JIS News.The part time programme, initiated in September 2001, draws on young men from 15 inner-city communities in Kingston and St. Andrew and enrolls them in a comprehensive welding course, along with remedial courses in Mathematics and English, and classes that include conflict resolution, entrepreneurial skills and data operations.Daniel reminisces about his past, describing it as a tumultuous journey, and encourages other youths to take charge of their future.“I reach so far.somewhere I never thought I could get to. I want to say to the youths in the inner-city that this is serious. We must know ourselves. It looks weary at this moment, but you must do what you have to do to get there. Get up and get started,” he urges.Daniel is clear about what he wants for himself, and has ideas of what the young men and women of Jamaica need.“The country needs lots of father figure…because it is due to the lack of father figure, why a lot of violence happens in the inner city. The youths need a father figure around them and I feel proud of myself that I am stepping away from violence and now I am a crime free man,” Daniel asserts.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry National Security, Mayor Richard Reese (right), has words of encouragement for graduate, Daniel Barnes, at the recent Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) graduation ceremony. Administrator for the CSJP, Mrs. Sarah Newland-Martin, is at centre.Another participant, Carlington Dinnal, is quite ecstatic about his achievement and during his testimony, shared how much the programme has done for him.“The programme has done a good thing for me, because it took me off the streets and is helping me to understand life. If it wasn’t for the programme, I don’t know where I would be heading right now,” he tells JIS News.Carlington is calling on other organisations to partner with the CSJP programme in creating more opportunities for youths.“I am asking other organisations to partner with the CSJP, as it will help many more inner-city youths. I remember how my teachers here helped me to overcome a difficulty I once had. So, I am grateful because it felt good to know that I had someone to share my problems with,” he says, while encouraging youths to make use of every opportunity they have.Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Major Richard Reese, in congratulating the graduates, challenged them to be agents of change in their communities.“The Government stands committed to initiatives such as these as we strive to create a better standard of life. Use the tool of empowerment to enhance your standard of living; you have come this far through grit and determinations, so return to your communities as agents of change. These are tough times, but you must all use the skills passed on to you to help alleviate some of the conditions that you reside under,” he implored.He also encouraged the graduates to take advantage of the technology in advertising their skills. “Graduates must play their part in their own development. This is the age of technology, so take advantage of it by using that medium to advertise your skills. Establish joint ventures and utilise the loan facilities that the Government has set up,” he urged.Major Reese further called on parents to create an environment for positive growth, and challenged them to be role models for their children.“Parents and mentors have a role to play, because many of the young people today lack guidance and it is incumbent on each of us that we must be positive role models for these young men. Let us lead by example. Be there for them in a loving and caring ways,” he pleads.Some 40 graduates will be embarking on Level Two with the Operation Friendship Programme. Operation Friendship is a non-governmental organization, providing inner-city youths with skills training and remedial education in Mathematics and English. The remaining 25 graduates will continue receiving instructions in remedial Mathematics and English, as they seek to meet the entry requirement for Level Two. 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City of Vancouver to hold listening sessions on racial justice issues

first_imgCity of Vancouver to hold listening sessions on racial justice issuesPosted by Chris BrownDate: Tuesday, June 9, 2020in: Newsshare 0 Vancouver Police will also resume discussions on use of force and body cameras for officersVANCOUVER — With protests continuing across the country in the wake of the in-custody killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the city of Vancouver wants to hear from its black community.As many as 1,500 cars took part in a Drive for Black Lives event in Vancouver on Saturday. Photo courtesy NAACP Vancouver/FacebookAs many as 1,500 cars took part in a Drive for Black Lives event in Vancouver on Saturday. Photo courtesy NAACP Vancouver/Facebook“Last week, the leadership team and I shared a message with all of our employees about our commitment, not only to fight against racism in our organization, through our official capacities,” said City Manager Eric Holmes at the council’s virtual meeting on Monday, “but also to use our influence in the community to do the same.”Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnrney-Ogle said the city will work “directly with organizations that carry the voice of communities of color in our city as well as general listening sessions open to all citizens.”The effort at dialogue comes following protests that have drawn thousands to downtown Portland for the past week and a half. On Saturday, as many as 1,500 vehicles lined the streets of Vancouver for a Drive for Black Lives event led by the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).“We have a lot to learn,” said Councilor Laurie Lebowsky, who participated in the drive. “This experience of people of color in our country is nothing new.”The protests following Floyd’s death have popped up worldwide, including Vancouver. Despite some threats of violence, however, Vancouver’s protests have remained peaceful.“I think that having that many folks show up and have a peaceful protest is what it’s all about,” added Bart Hansen, who also participated on Saturday. “I remember not too long ago, when we did have some activity in downtown Vancouver and it was not so peaceful.”Lebowsky said she had spoken with many members of the community in recent days, including one African American woman who said she felt unsafe walking by herself in her own neighborhood.“I can go out and walk just about any time, except maybe as a female at night,” Lebowsky said. “But I have privilege where I don’t have to think about that sort of thing.”“This seems to have shaken our community, our country to the core,” added Linda Glover, the mayor pro tem. “ To see so many young people united was very, I think, affirming to me that this is going to be different.”Vancouver City Council will help facilitate a series of community listening sessions in the wake of racial unrest. File photo by Mike SchultzVancouver City Council will help facilitate a series of community listening sessions in the wake of racial unrest. File photo by Mike SchultzHolmes noted that numerous city employees had approached him with the idea of starting a dialogue over race and prejudice.“This statement and commitment from the leadership team was truly the team coming together,” said Holmes, “and not one person saying, ‘Come on, come on, come on, come on,’ and dragging others along.”On its website, Vancouver Police have responded to demands made as part of the 8 Can’t Wait initiative, a nationwide effort to overhaul the way police departments function.Holmes added that the department anticipates receiving a draft version of a report done through the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) into VPD’s use of force policy. That assessment was requested following a series of officer-involved shootings in early 2019, several of which involved black men.PERF is also working to set up a series of community forums to go over the analysis, and any recommendations.“Depending on what those actual findings are — because we don’t know until we see the report — (we will) develop a work program with a start from the council,” said Holmes.Another element of the 2019 use of force review included analysis of the potential costs and benefits of body-worn cameras for law enforcement. Holmes said the city was approximately 40 percent through a work program on that before the pandemic hit.With the Stronger Vancouver initiative indefinitely shelved, resources will be put back into the body cam analysis.“And I think there’s probably an opportunity, in the context of these listening sessions, to pose some questions, particularly to communities of color, about a body worn camera program,” added Holmes.Dates for the community forums have yet to be announced, and details still need to be worked out regarding how they can be held in light of the social distancing rules.The council is scheduled to take time in their upcoming June 20 meeting to hear from local black community leaders, in order to determine the best focus for the effort.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Journey Theater nominated for nine area awards in unique time Next : Woodland Public Schools thanks retiring employees for their decades of service to public educationAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Initiates 62 Students Into Phi Beta Kappa Society

first_img Published: Feb. 11, 2001 Editors: Please note students from your local community. Students are listed by hometown. The University of Colorado at Boulder initiated 90 students from the College of Arts and Sciences into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary organization in December. Most of the students are from Colorado. Phi Beta Kappa Society initiates at the University of Colorado at Boulder generally comprise the top 6 percent of graduates receiving degrees in the liberal arts each semester. The society is allowed to accept up to the top 10 percent of graduating seniors who meet all requirements. Members must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.65 and have completed 100 credit hours of course work. CU-Boulder’s Phi Beta Kappa Society, formally known as the Alpha Chapter, was chartered in 1904 as the first Phi Beta Kappa chapter in Colorado. There are only three other chapters in Colorado at the University of Denver, Colorado State University and Colorado College. Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and has 250 chapters nationwide, which annually combine to initiate 15,000 of the graduating elite. Following are the CU-Boulder 2000 fall semester initiates from Colorado: Aspen: Andrew Ernemann Aurora: Jessica Bieda, Jennifer Greene Boulder: Jason Arentz, Tara Borger, Debra Davey, Kelli Davis, Jason Friedrich, Tara Kotliar, Emily Lee, Elyse Manteris, Jennifer Massey, Daemian McGill, Romona Mukherjee, Robert Rothberg, Tim Schumacher, Anna Welch, Stephanie Willen, Mi Yan Broomfield: Matthew Knuesel, Rebecca Prull, Dean Springer, Marcia Wojciechowski Castle Rock: Matthew Slaby Colorado Springs: Kirsten Culp, Matthew Hall, Kathleen King, Jill Norton, Kristine Thompson, Jack Wilson Denver: Elena Berzon, Maura Conn, Michael Sandoval, Megan Young Edwards: Cassandra Richardson Englewood: Amy Hawes, Jennifer Ley, Lela Mansoori, Christopher Miller, Margot Peters, Jamie Rezmovits, Margaret Waymel Fort Collins: Yihsin Tsai Grand Junction: Darrin Gilman Greenwood Village: Bryan Miller, Jennie Puzio Highlands Ranch: Nicole Handy Lafayette: Alisha Roper Lakewood: Karianne Higgins, Eric Schmidt Littleton: Richard Blaskovich, Cindy Chang, Nicolas Intagliata, Brett Jackson, Christopher Jacobson, Jessica Kenerson, Luke Leman, Alexis Scott, Quinn Stevens, Randall Uttley Longmont: Elias Brandt, Christopher Gaddis, Stephanie Searls Loveland: Matthew Mahlberg Monument: Charles Yoos III Morrison: Andrea Burgess Nederland: Aaron Perry Parker: Brittany Brooks Redcliff: San Guyer Silverthorne: Jennifer Hanan Steamboat Springs: Morgan Skurky-Thomas Superior: Julia Dewire, Kendra Spahr Thornton: Jennifer Kover, Lenox Powell Westminster: Michael White Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more